Germany will shut down three of its last six nuclear power plants on Friday, a further step towards phasing out nuclear energy by focusing on renewable energy that melted in 2011, after 25 years of earthquakes and the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl destroyed coastal power. The first plant has been in operation for three and a half decades.
The last three nuclear power plants, Isar 2, Emsland and Neckarwestheim II, will be shut down by the end of 2022, the largest economy with ambitious climate targets and facing rising energy prices.
“For the energy industry in Germany, the nuclear phase-out is final,” said Kirstin Andrei, managing director of the Energy Industry Association BDEW.
Six nuclear power plants accounted for about 12% of Germany’s electricity generation in 2021, according to preliminary figures from the BDEW.
Renewable energy accounted for less than 41%, coal less than 28% and gas about 15%.
By expanding wind and solar energy infrastructure, Germany aims to cover 80% of its energy needs from renewable energy by 2030.
Economic and Climate Protection Minister Robert Hebeck said on Wednesday that he did not see the anti-nuclear consensus in Germany weakening. The true end of the nuclear age in Germany.
“We want to say that the uranium enrichment plant in Germany will continue to grow like Grownau,” Arne Fellerman, managing director of the environmental group BUND, told Reuters.
“Garching also has a research reactor that is still powered by weapon-grade uranium,” Fellerman continues.
When asked about possible job losses, Gundremingen Mayor Tobias Buhler said plant workers were busy dismantling the reactor after the shutdown.
The shutdown will definitely take another decade or two, “said Buhler. E.ON estimates the total cost of the plant to be 1.1 billion euros (US 1. 1.25 billion) per plant.
E.ON set € 9.4 billion in 2020 for nuclear aftercare phases, including facilities, packaging and radioactive waste disposal.
The shutdown is expected to be completed by 2040.
The Japanese government on Tuesday unveiled plans to dump contaminated water into the sea from a paralyzed Fukushima nuclear power plant, angering neighboring China and South Korea.